BARNSTAPLE Town secured a much-needed Southern League victory this afternoon.
With six straight Division One South and West defeats, Barum finally ended that run with an important 1-0 success at Slimbridge.
Those losses had seen Barnstaple slip to fourth from bottom, but today’s win – coupled with defeats for bottom two Wantage Town and Bridgwater Town – means they are now eight points above the drop zone.
Ryan Turner netted the only goal of the game in the first half to reduce the gap on their 15th-placed opponents to just four points.
Barnstaple started on the front foot, adapting well to the conditions as Lee Francis forced a fine save Adrian Kowalski.
Kowalski was proving to be the busier of the two goalkeepers, he was alert to keep out James Blake but could only watch on as Turner hit the woodwork before the half-hour mark.
With five of their last six defeats coming by just a solitary goal, Barnstaple manager Barry Yeo knew how important the opening goal would be.
It came for his side after 31 minutes.
A header from Blake came back off the bar and Turner was in the right place to net his eighth of the season.
Blake could count himself unlucky not to have netted his third Barnstaple goal since arriving in the summer.
He hit the woodwork again midway through the second period, while Turner also flashed one wide.
The missed opportunities didn’t come back to haunt Yeo’s men, who saw the game out to give them a deserved victory.